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MTN and ZTE partner to launch IoT platform across Africa

Steve Rogerson
July 8, 2015
 
ZTE, a China-based provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology for the mobile internet, has jointly launched an IoT platform in Africa with ICT provider MTN Group. The platform adopts technologies suited to developing markets, bringing flexible connectivity for devices in the region.
 
ZTE and South Africa-based MTN have also launched a global M2M SIM card, providing users with a blanket rate for M2M activity across MTN’s African network.
 
“Working across such a wide range of vertical markets, from automotive and healthcare to construction and utilities requires a level of flexibility and scalability that only a cloud-based platform can deliver," said Zhao Peng, VP of ZTE. “The new IoT platform provided by ZTE, which is live in South Africa and able to connect and manage machines across MTN’s African footprint, provides a dedicated network to connect devices and systems.”
 
In the Middle East and Africa, IoT and M2M technology is predicted to drive business growth in sectors such as banking, transportation, energy and public services through smart cities. MTN has developed a strategy to contribute to this growth, as well as a range of IoT and M2M products and services from connectivity, managed connectivity and end-to-end services, designed to provide benefits for businesses, government and consumers.
 
“At MTN, we are particularly excited by the opportunity that the IoT platform creates for African enterprises, entrepreneurs and developers, as they now have the means to enable and inspire growth in their markets,” said Mteto Nyati, MTN group chief enterprise officer. “In addition to this, the platform and its associated integrated network environment will enable MTN to introduce application services with the potential to enhance the socio-economic environment in South Africa and throughout the rest of the continent.”
 
With the launch of the platform in partnership with ZTE, MTN says it has demonstrated its commitment to using bigger, faster networks to provide next-generation services to customers across each of its markets. MTN is working with a number of organisations to support the development of smart cities.
 
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group connects subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As of April 2015, it recorded nearly 230 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.